Everyday is a winding road

July 14th

Now you are singing Sheryl Crow, huh? You’re welcome. It’s a good song.

Driving across America. Again.

We are home! Some 2700 miles and five days of solid driving, we arrived in Arizona last night to a steak dinner prepared by our hosts. D headed back to the airport this morning, bound for the East Coast. Nelson and I started unpacking. Tomorrow I begin my new career — and I am a fair mix of nerves and excitement.

The drive was charming. Pennsylvania and Indiana blended together on I-80; the pines tall and emerald green. The horizon was out of sight, one green rolling hill after another. Illinois was exciting because of a stop with friends in a suburb of Chicago. Iowa became a patchwork of corn fields, fading red barns, and silver silos reaching for the heavens. Nebraska was another stop with dear friends who welcomed us to their farm house for the night. And then, on to I-76, where after another 5 hours we came over a hill to see the distant, still snow-capped Rockies.

I wept. The horizon opened. White puffy clouds filled the blue sky. My head thumped from the altitude. A night in Denver with family was spent enjoying much missed excellent Mexican food and great laughter. The next morning, we were off on I-25 to the Sandia Mountains of Albuquerque, where another home full of love waited for our arrival. Our trip coordinated beautifully with a surprise birthday party for family friends at yet another great Mexican restaurant.

Driving across America. Again.

And then, on I-40, we made our way to northern Arizona, down the Mogollon Rim, through the pines and the brush, over the boulders, past the spray of Fountain Hills to the dry, dusty Valley of the Sun. Home.

Driving across America. Again.

I wept.

With a sense of comfort and knowing all will be well, I am so happy to be in Phoenix. Now, off to prepare for a mighty week.


P.S. Nelson is adjusting. He will go swimming for the first time tonight, and I’m having his hair cut super short this week. He’s currently laying spread eagle on tile floor.


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9 Responses

  1. Glad you made it home safe.
    Love ya,

  2. Wow, welcome back! Poor Nelson to have never experienced this oppressive heat before. I’ll have to move you back to the “AZ Bloggers” section of my blogroll now.

  3. Are you moving back to your old house?

  4. Welcome back. I can’t even imagine how you must feel after all the moves. Exciting times! Good luck at your new job! Welcome to working for the Man. It’s a unique experience =)

  5. Soooooooooo…..if I were to send you a postcard from Germany, which address should I put on it now? Mail it to me please

  6. Hugs from the east coast!

  7. Charly July 15, 2013

    Glad you arrived safely! Good luck with the new job!

  8. Rachel July 16, 2013

    Welcome back! What’s the new job? If you’re interested, you, Jen Gitt, and I should get together for a drink once you’re all settled in!

  9. Yay! You’re back! Well, back *enough* for me anyway. Glad you’re closer to my coast and looking OH SO HAPPY. I can’t wait to see your face next month. Prepare your jaws for chattering.